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Welcome to Aldington Primary School’s PTFA Web Page!
We aim to provide you with information on all the activities the PTFA undertakes in support of Aldington School and its pupils, as well as keeping you up-to-date on our latest news, events and fundraising plans.
In addition, we have set out some information below about the PTFA – which we hope will give you a better understanding of who we are and how we work:-
Who are the PTFA?
Aldington School’s PTFA is a registered charity, run on a voluntary basis, which ALL parents and guardians of children attending Aldington School, as well as its teaching staff, are effectively members. Members are entitled to attend meetings, vote on proposals and make suggestions for spending or raising funds.
What are the PTFA’s Aims?
The main objective of the PTFA is to work in partnership with the school and parents, to enhance the education and well-being of Aldington School pupils by providing resources and activities for the children as well as augmenting the facilities provided by the Local Authority.
How do the PTFA operate?
The PTFA officers are an elected group of parents or teaching staff who have responsibility for the completion of the administration for the organisation. The officers form part of the committee which meets once a term.
The structure devised by the officers, provides a framework which allows for the co-ordination of all activities undertaken by the PTFA. PTFA Officers are always on the lookout for people to give a helping hand in the lead up to and on the day of events and activities.
What do the PTFA actually do?
Aldington School’s PTFA plays an important role in the life of the school and assists it in a number of ways, by:
Fundraising for projects, resources and equipment
Providing social events to unite and bring the school’s community together
Providing an opportunity for parents to make a tangible difference to their children’s educational experiences, and to be proud of their input and achievements.
Providing refreshments, and support, for school led activities, such as concerts and sports day.
Delivering these objectives is only possible through the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved, this includes not only the officers but also the amazing volunteers, who all work in support of the school.
How can I get involved?
The good news, is that as a parent or guardian of a child at Aldington Primary School you are automatically a member of the PTFA. There are many ways in which you can become an active member and the committee always welcomes and encourages new offers of help. Support from a broad range of parents enures that there is a breadth of representative opinions from all 7 year groups and also capitalizes on the talents, skillsets and experience of all our parents, guardians and staff.
What are the benefits of getting involved?
Meeting new people, knowing more about what goes on at Aldington Primary School, having a say in how money should be allocated, and making a difference to the pupils experience at the school are just some of the benefits you will gain by being involved with our PTFA.
Our meetings are open to everyone, so why not come along to one and listen to the range of topics being discussed – you can contribute as much or as little as you wish and can chose to get involved with as much or as little as you choose. The meetings are informal and relaxed, with refreshments provided, and held termly from 7pm-8.30pm at the school. Dates and agenda’s for forthcoming meetings, as well as minutes of previous meetings are distributed to parents by email, along with termly PTFA newsletters.
If your family commitments prevent you from attending PTFA meetings there are still plenty of opportunities to be involved. Please speak to a PTFA officer to discuss what involvement you would like to have and we will work with you to tailor your involvement to your own circumstances. Sometimes you may feel that your offer of help can only be small and therefore not worth mentioning, please do still come forward because your help really can make all the difference to the committee.
If you would like any further information about the PTFA, or if you are interested in becoming an active member or joining the committee, or if you have suggestions or ideas about fund-raising, please do not hesitate to speak with any of the officers or alternatively email us at the address below, we are always grateful for any communication received.
We look forward to your support over the coming year.
Co-Chairs - Julia and John Everson
Vice Chair - Rebecca Parkhouse
Treasurer - Mark Cronk
Secretary - Claire Shilling